Post by Dave Homewood on Jul 29, 2006 1:09:56 GMT 12
A bit of fun - Of the various types that served with RAF Squadrons in Europe/Africa, here in NZ today we have representative types of the Lancaster, Spitfire, Catalina, Ventura, Hurricane, Mosquito and Sunderland.
If you could import one other type (even if it has to be pulled out of a Norwegian lake, or Russian tundra, etc) to represent on public display here one of the other types NZ used, what would you want? You can fly it too if you want, not just static.
Post by Dave Homewood on Jul 29, 2006 1:11:49 GMT 12
I think I'd choose the Wellington, as it was so important and was in action with Kiwis in the RAF from day one of the war. It formed the first NZ Squadron in the RAF too. And it saw some amazing actions with Kiwis, such as Jimmy Ward's VC.
The ill-fated Stirling suffered from the specification which determined it had to fit inside existing hangars, and consequently had a wing incapable of developing the lift required to get it to altutude and suffered accordingly.
Post by Dave Homewood on Jul 29, 2006 14:01:17 GMT 12
Talk to almost any Stirling pilot and they were a hell of a lot better aircraft than today's armchair enthusiasts have been lead to believe thanks to bad publicity in poorly researched books. They were tough and manouvreable and damned good bombers. Sure, they had their foibles, but they were not the dog that some authors (who were obviously Lancaster-biased) have made out.
There is a genuine RNZAF Tempest in Kermit Weeks' collection. It would have been nice to see at Wanaka, eh.